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Compact linear motion system

18 January 2023

LEADING MANUFACTURER of linear motion control solutions, Thomson Industries has announced a new family of compact systems designed to make it easier for motion designers to implement complex applications in small spaces.

In building a compact linear system from Thomson, a designer can configure a unit or combination of units from a wide variety of components based on their specific application details. Components include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrated stepper motors
  • Lead screws
  • Profile rail linear guides
  • 60 Case LinearRace shafting
  • Linear Ball Bushing bearings
  • End blocks.

Many features can be customised, including screw diameters and leads, mounting holes and mounting configurations.

Machine designers who need thrust and bearing support in a single, compact unit can now build a personalized system from Thomson premier linear modules in real time, under the guidance of an expert engineer running 3D modelling tools. (Image courtesy of Thomson Industries, Inc.)

To enable engineers to take maximum advantage of such flexibility, Thomson offers an innovative new 3D modelling tool that optimizes their solution by revealing design trade-offs in real time. The tool, in collaboration with a Thomson engineer, guides the designer in tailoring motor size, stroke length, and other variables to function most effectively within given load and space parameters.

The resulting designs go directly to the Thomson product CAD system, where the information is used to produce the prototype sent for testing. Because of such close user involvement during the design process, the number of design iterations is reduced, which, in turn, decreases the likelihood of mistakes being made.

Thomson compact linear systems are appropriate for applications requiring high-accuracy linear axes in confined spaces, such as 3D printers, microscope stage managers, medical pipetting systems and semiconductor manufacturing. They are available with NEMA motor sizes between 14 and 23; stroke lengths of up to 1000 mm; and load capacities up to 9300 Newtons.